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This musical comedy has a popular basketball star playing for a different college than what his father wanted after he falls in love with a co-ed.


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Complete credited cast:
Johnnie Davis ...
Johnny Morton
Marge Stanhope
Larry Howard
Oscar O'Shea ...
Horace Howard


Darford College is renowned for its academic record but not for its abysmal athletics program, as the college's President Stanhope refuses to lower the college's academic requirements just to pander to sports stars. He even refuses to pander to the Board of Trustees who give him an ultimatum of improving the sports programs or be fired. Wanting to help her father, Marge Stanhope, with a little help from her friend Johnny Morton, believes she, using her feminine wiles, can save her father's job by luring star basketball player Larry Howard to Darford. Beyond Larry wanting or not wanting to attend Darford, Marge faces other obstacles in achieving her goal including Larry not having the academic requirements to enter Darford, and Larry's father, philanthropist Horace Howard, who wants Larry given an "easy ride" academically or else play for Darford's rival, Lorimer College. Written by Huggo

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Short | Musical | Comedy





Release Date:

17 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1938-1939 season) #1: Campus Cinderella  »

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1.37 : 1
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This Is Swing
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Johnnie Davis, Penny Singleton and band
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Forgettable All Around
30 April 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Campus Cinderella (1938)

** (out of 4)

Bland short from Warner about a young girl (Penny Singleton) whose father is about to be let go of at her college unless they can get more athletes to enroll. The girl managers to make a basketball star (Johnnie Davis) to fall in love with her but he's having a hard time switching schools because of his jerk father. CAMPUS Cinderella is a pretty boring affair without too much going for it. The story is simple enough but nothing is done with it. The cinematography is quite ugly as every single shot in the film looks cheap. The music are some pretty bad numbers that will make you want to hit the mute button. Even the dialogue never really pays off with. In fact, there's really nothing here that works with the exception of the brunette Singleton who is best remembered for her Blondie roles. She at least brings some life to the material but this isn't enough to save the film. The entire subplot with the fathers just add up to nothing and in the end there's very little reason to watch it.

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